The trade association HDE points out that retailers in Germany are creating more jobs. This is confirmed by the current figures of the Federal Employment Agency. The cut-off date was 30 September 2018.

The number of employees in the retail sector grew by almost 26,000 compared to the previous year’s reporting date. According to the HDE, the figures would show that only jobs subject to social insurance contributions were created. Accordingly, the number of full-time employees will increase by more than 5,000 and the number of part-time employees subject to social insurance by almost 22,000. At the same time, the number of mini-jobs in the retail sector will decrease by around 1,200.

Retail trade bears responsibility

“The retail trade continues to create new jobs. The industry takes its responsibility as one of the country’s largest employers very seriously,” says HDE Managing Director Stefan Genth.

The retail sector employs a total of just under 3.1 million people. According to the HDE, the use of products and services from other sectors by retailers secures more than one million additional jobs.


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